Our October catalog was shot in Tokyo and has us lusting after Japan and its unique culture. We love sushi – and making your own is lots of fun. You can play around with any ingredients you like, to create your own personal roll. We’ve already talked about how it’s done (find out in this ube potato sushi recipe), and today we want to share some extra tips on how to roll the perfect sushi. Here’s a little cheat sheet of sushi-making tips, and beneath it are some extra details. Enjoy!
1. After you’ve cooked your rice, be sure to use a wooden spoon. A metal spoon could be potentially damaging to the rice, and may interact with any vinegar that you may include in the preparation. Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a wooden bowl, which will absorb excess moisture from the rice.
2. Season your rice with Shari-Zu, a Japanese mixture made from sugar, salt, and unseasoned rice vinegar. Use a ratio of 2 tablespoons vinegar, 4 teaspoons sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt, for every 1 cup of raw sushi rice. Once your rice is cooked an in a wooden bowl, drizzle the mixture over the rice and continually fold the rice over itself (gently, being sure not to mash it) until it is no longer releasing steam.
3. While it isn’t totally necessary, you’ll have much neater-looking sushi if you use a sushi rolling mat. You can purchase these anywhere from an Asian food market to Amazon.com. Make sure you look for a bamboo mat where one side is rounded and the other is flat. While these may be slightly more expensive than those where both sides are rounded, you’ll soon discover that the flat side is much easier to use and produces much more attractive results!
4. When it comes to fillings, less is more. Use a minimalistic mindset when you prepare the fillings for your roll, as this is the way that sushi was intended to be. Cut your ingredients – like cucumbers and avocados – into thin strips before placing them atop your rice.
5. After your ingredients are all rolled up, cut the roll down the middle, then place each half parallel to one another. Cut and repeat until you have 8 pieces altogether. This technique helps prevent the ingredients from falling out while you cut!
And there you have it – 5 tips for making your own sushi. Do you have any tips to share? Let us know!
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